6 Dec 2013

Why the Kuala Lumpur Tribunal’s genocide verdict against Israel sets a key precedent


A crater is seen on the ground following an overnight Israeli air strike in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on November 20, 2013.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)

Until now, Israel has been getting away with anything it likes. A series of revolutions and counter-revolutions in the Arabic world has driven it into chaos, and seems to have pushed the Palestinian issue off the international agenda for good.

And yet Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim country, has now called a tribunal for war crimes and produced a genocide ruling – against whom?

Not against Assad, as one might have expected, but against Israel, the state that considers itself to be beyond the jurisdiction of any court or tribunal.


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